Shelbourne Park To Host UEFA Europa League Final ‘Fan Meeting Point’

Sarah Kinsella

Press Release

May 17th 2024


Shelbourne Park To Host UEFA Europa League Final ‘Fan Meeting Point’


Home of Greyhound Racing Proud To Welcome German Football Fans

The 2023/24 UEFA Europa League Final will take place in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday 22nd May and Greyhound Racing Ireland are delighted to announce that Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium are set to host their first ever ‘Fan Meeting Point’.

Football enthusiasts will converge at Shelbourne Park, commencing mid-morning, as the stadium gates swing open to welcome German supporters of Bayer Leverkusen, who recently made history as they set a new European record of 49 games unbeaten.

Favourites Leverkusen are chasing a treble of titles, having recently been crowned as the new Bundesliga champions while their rivals Atalanta will be the underdogs heading into the match having knocked out Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and three-time finalists Olympique de Marseille in previous rounds.

Straight from Dublin Airport circa 11am, fans will dive headfirst into an atmosphere pulsating with excitement, camaraderie, and unyielding team spirit. Setting the stage for an unforgettable prelude to the final showdown, Shelbourne Park will be a hive of activity, boasting an array of entertainment on the in-field of the greyhound track under the fabulous Dublin sunshine:


Live Music: Set the rhythm for the day with foot-tapping beats and anthems to fuel the fan frenzy.

Morning Delicacies: Indulge in scrumptious morning snacks to kick-start the day on a delicious note.

Sizzling BBQ: From mouthwatering burgers to roasted sausage dogs, satisfy your cravings with a sizzling selection hot off the grill.

Quenching Your Thirst: Raise a toast to your team with a curated selection of beverages served at the open bar from a pint of stout to a pint of beer.

Famous footballers: Rumour has it that some famous German footballers will be on site for some selfies and chats.

Those fans lucky enough to have a ticket to the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League final will leave Shelbourne Park around 6.30pm to do a fan march to watch the match between Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen in Aviva Stadium. Kick-off is 8pm.

Please note the following:

Road Closures: Be mindful of road closures in the vicinity ahead of the match.

Uninterrupted Racing: Weekend racing at Shelbourne Park will proceed without interruption, ensuring a seamless experience for all.

Peak time: 11am (buses will be arriving from Dublin Airport).

Aviva Stadium

With a seating capacity surpassing 50,000, the Aviva Stadium stands as the esteemed bastion of Irish football and rugby. Having first opened its doors in 2010, the stadium prepares to host its second UEFA Europa League decider, promising an unparalleled spectacle of sporting excellence and fanfare.

Keep your eyes peeled for our social media team, capturing the essence of the Fan Meeting Point experience. Share your excitement and join the conversation with hashtags #SPKFans, #UEFAFanMeetingPoint, #ShelbourneParkFanMeetingPoint, #FanFever, #BeyondTheTrack #GermanFootball and #Bundesliga 

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for Greyhound Racing Ireland, said: “Excitement fills the air as we gear up for our inaugural Fan Meeting Point extravaganza! Join us as we transform our greyhound stadia into a hub of vibrant energy, proving there's limitless potential beyond the track. Let's unite in anticipation and celebrate the journey leading to the grand UEFA Europe League Final.”

About Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium:

Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium stands as an iconic landmark in the heart of Dublin, offering a thrilling blend of greyhound racing, entertainment, and hospitality. With a legacy spanning almost over a century, Shelbourne Park remains a cherished destination for sports enthusiasts and families alike.

About Greyhound Racing Ireland (Rásaíocht Con Éireann):

Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) is the governing body for greyhound racing in Ireland, overseeing the welfare, regulation, and promotion of the sport nationwide. With a rich heritage and a commitment to excellence, GRI continues to elevate the profile of greyhound racing, both on and off the track.